McInnes makes it third time lucky

McInnes makes it third time lucky

He's represented the ACT more than 300 times and won countless state and club titles, but Weston Creek stalwart Terry McInnes counts the ACTSport Community Sports Star of the Year as the highlight of his career.

He shared the honour with teammate Scott Ballard after the pair won back-to-back ACT champion of champions pairs titles.

It's the third year in a row McInnes has been nominated for the award.

''We've been knocking on the door the last couple of years and you watch the [Canberra] Capitals - not that we're in the same level as them - but you go to these awards and see rugby union players, basketballers and all good sportsmen representing ACT or Australia and it's just a real good gut feeling,'' he told Biased Banter.

''It's just nice to be recognised in your own village.''

It's been a super year for Ballard, who won three of the four ACT champion of champion titles.


He represented the state in both the national champ of champs singles and pairs, and he also won the triples title.

Flick of the switch

The ACT could be excused for planning more night Tests - it was brilliant in its one and only experience of playing under lights.

In a three-Test series against Tasmania at Weston Creek, the ACT was in trouble after the opening game - losing both the men's and women's convincingly.

But that all changed with the flick of the light switch and the series was all square going into the final Test the following day.

Then the ACT women stepped up, winning the final rubber while the men managed a draw to give the home side the honours.

Bowls ACT president Kevin Antoine said the electric atmosphere would ensure it wasn't the last night Test.

The ACT women's next game is against Newcastle at Queanbeyan RSL on January 12-13, while the men will compete against two Illawarra sides and one from Newcastle at Towradgi on January 19-20.

Pair off to Melbourne

Weston Creek's Paige Dowsett and Damon Jeffery have booked themselves a ticket to the southern hemisphere's richest bowls tournament, the Australian Open.

It's the first time the mixed pairs have been part of the tournament in Melbourne.

They won the ACT's mixed pairs in a tie-break against Canberra City duo Hilary Merritt and Kevin Deeves.

Vikings are tops

The Tuggeranong Vikings are the undisputed champions of ACT bowls.

They added the women's division one pennant to the men's they won earlier in the year with a 44-29 victory over Canberra City in last week's final round.

The Vikings also won division four, while division two was claimed by Yowani. Yass took out the third division.

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